Updated (April 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 500D vs Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS 500D

Winner
Nikon D5100

71

Canon EOS 500D

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,183 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.6 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 500D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$435 body only

$397 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$317 body only

$369 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$429 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Shutter lag More shutter lag

Canon EOS 500D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$379 body only

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$503 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,072 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Color depth Better color depth
Startup delay Much more startup delay

discussion

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Me (2:49 PM, September 24, 2011)
The canon does have autofocus for video - I've got it. 
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:45 PM, July 21, 2011)
See our Canon 500D prices page!
 
TOONI (9:26 AM, July 21, 2011)
the price for canon 500d please ?